Trailer For Alex de la Iglesia’s ‘Ace in the Hole’-Esque, Salma Hayek-Led Drama ‘As Luck Would Have It’

Written by on December 31, 2012 

After highlighting his debut in a recent feature, the latest film from The Last Circus director Alex de la Iglesia hit Spanish theaters earlier this year and, after a festival run, will finally see a US release next month. As Luck Would Have It follows a man who gets into an unfortunate situation not far removed from Kirk Douglas in Billy Wilder‘s 1951 classic Ace in the Hole, getting trapped due to an unforeseen accident.

I was able to check out the film during Tribeca Film Festival this year and was pleasantly surprised, with it successfully conveying a comedic vibe, while still delivering worthwhile drama. The first trailer has landed today from IFC Films and unfortunately it makes the film seem quite scatterbrained, but this one makes for an ideal VOD rental when it arrives in late January. Check it out below for the film also starring Jose Mota, Blanca Portillo and Juan Luis Galiardo.


Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising careers in advertising. But now out of work during the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek). After yet another dead end interview, it seems like reality will come crashing down on Roberto – until a freak car accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage his new found fame into fortune, but Luisa begins to worry about what lengths Roberto will go to for his family’s security.

The new film from beloved cult director Alex de la Iglesia goes into fresh territory for the daring director, a dark comedy/social satire that also works as a deeply felt drama about the devotion of a husband and father. A wild riff on manhood in the modern media world, As Luck Would Have It is a skewed take on the strange world we live in.

As Luck Would Have It hits theaters and VOD on January 30th.

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